If there is one food you must eat while you visit Spain, it’s churros!
This dish is a hit with locals and tourists alike and is usually eaten for breakfast, as an afternoon snack or even after a wild night out.
With even the smallest towns in Spain having their own churrería or café dedicated to churros, there is literally nowhere in the country where you won’t find fresh churros.
But of course, there can only be one place where you can have the best churros ever. This city ranking, made by Spanish holiday rental experts Spain-Holiday (www.spain-holiday.com) in collaboration with Holidu (www.holidu.co.uk), reveals the best cities for churros in Spain. Thanks to Google Maps data, it was possible to identify the cities with the best-rated churros in the country. Get ready for some mouth-watering travel inspiration!
The best city for churros lovers is the city of Gaudí, Barcelona. Its 62 churrerías are highly rated, with an average of 707 reviews and an average score of 4.4 out of 5 stars. They’re the perfect option for a short break during your city trip to Barcelona! The churros here come in lots of different varieties. Of course, you can have the traditional churros that you dip in chocolate, but some places offer churros stuffed with Nutella, cream or any other filling, and even salty ones with Spanish jamón or cheese and honey!
- Granja M. Viader 4.3 stars): one of the oldest churrerías of the city, serving fresh churros since 1870 – Carrer d’en Xuclà 4
- Granja Dulcinea (4.3 stars): not just because of the delicious churros, but because of the other handmade pastries too – Carrer de Petritxol 2
- Xurreria Trebol (4.4 stars): because they know that cravings can hit at any time, and are open 24 hours from Thursday to Saturday – Carrer de Còrsega 341
Madrid, Spain’s capital, takes second place in the ranking. It’s not surprising seeing that there are 140 churrerías in the city, more than any other city in Spain. Churros come in many shapes and sizes, but the traditional churros of Madrid are quite thin, typically shaped like a loop and have a star-shaped edge for that extra crunch. This kind of churros is called churros madrileños in other regions of Spain, because they are so typical of the city. Pair your churros with a delicious chocolate caliente, and you are ready to take on the day.
- Chocolatería San Ginés (4.4 stars): the most famous churrería of Madrid, with a secret and delicious hot chocolate recipe – Pasadizo de San Ginés 5
- Chocolatería 1902 (4.2 stars): for their different types of hot chocolate, and for being one of the few places serving gluten-free churros – Calle de San Martín 2
Churreria Manosanta (4.2 stars): serving not only delicious churros but also artisan ice cream, and a churro ice cream sandwich to die for – Calle de Hermosilla, 97
Our next churro destination is in the south: Malaga on the Costa del Sol takes third place thanks to its excellent churros. The typical churros in Southern Spain are quite different from the north: they are chewier and are fried in large spiral shapes, which are then cut up. Try them on their own with a dusting of sugar, or order one of the chocolate-covered or filled varieties. With a churrería on almost every corner of the city centre, they’re the perfect opportunity to take a break from all the sightseeing with a delicious hot chocolate and piping hot churros.
- Churreria La Malagueña (4.4 stars): one of the best places to try authentic tejeringos, the local variety of churros – Calle Sebastián Souvirón 6
- Casa Aranda (4.4 stars): the most famous churrería of the city, with a secret churro recipe that hasn’t changed since it was founded in 1932 – Calle Herrería del Rey 2
- Café Madrid (4.1 stars): because it’s one of Malaga’s oldest churrerías (founded in 1892) and one of the few that serve fresh churros madrileños – Calle Calderería 1
If you want to enjoy some delicious, freshly made churros with amazing views, you need to head to Granada. A serving of churros with hot chocolate is exactly what you need to kickstart your day before heading up to the Alhambra. The streets of Granada are dotted with tiny, traditional cafés where the churros are always fresh and hot. So take your time wandering the cobbled streets of the city, and whenever the cravings hit, head to the nearest churrería for a well-deserved break.
- Gran Café Bib Rambla (4.1 stars): by far the most famous churrería in Granada, with the best hot chocolate recipe in the city – Plaza de Bib-Rambla 3
- Menta & Canela (4.2 stars): because of their massive portions of churros and their delicious other desserts – Avenida Federico García Lorca 12
- Churrería Jorge (4.7 stars): for making the best churros to go in all of Granada and having excellent customer service – Avenida de la Constitución 12
Ask any local, and they will tell you that Valencia is one of the best cities to have churros and chocolate. Spain’s most famous chocolate maker, Valor, has its roots in the region, and one of their specialities is the chocolate a la taza that accompanies churros. So of course the churros makers of Valencia take extra care when preparing their hot chocolate. From the futuristic Parque de Ciencias to the sunny beach promenade, you can enjoy a mouth-watering hot chocolate together with a hearty portion of churros wherever you go in the city.
- Chocolatería Valor (4.7 stars): to try the authentic Valor hot chocolate, with different types and flavours including a sugar-free version – Carrer d’En Sanç 2
- Orxateria Santa Catalina (4.3 stars): for their traditional tiled interior, and their incredible churros made with a recipe that hasn’t changed since 1909 – Plaça de Santa Caterina 6
- Haaku’s (4.1 stars): because of their churros that are baked, not fried, and their many toppings that will leave you wanting for more – Carrer de Ribera 10
For the full ranking and interactive map, visit: https://www.holidu.co.uk/magazine/the-cities-with-the-best-churros-in-spain